19 July 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Almost eight out of ten UK data centres are currently non-compliant with thermal guidelines for data processing environments, according to data specialist Ekkosense.
EkkoSense recently analysed some 128 UK data centre halls and more than 16,500 IT equipment racks - the industry's largest and most accurate survey into data centre cooling - to reveal that 78 per cent of UK data centres currently are not compliant with current practice ASHRAE thermal guidelines.
This latest EkkoSense research follows on from recent findings that suggested the current average cooling utilisation level for UK data centres is just 34 per cent.
James Kirkwood, EkkoSense's head of critical services, said: "Our research shows that less than 5 per cent of data centres are actively monitoring and reporting individual rack temperatures and their compliance. The result is that they therefore have no way of knowing if they are actually truly compliant - and that's a major concern when it comes to data centre risk management."
The EkkoSense data centre team consists of thermal, mechanical, refrigeration engineers and Ph.D. thermal experts with 20 or more years' experience in optimising data centre environments.
The ASHRAE standard - published in the organisation's Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments - 4th Edition - is "highly regarded as a best practice thermal guide for data centre operators, offering clear recommendations for effective data centre temperature testing".